As of right now, there are plenty of good shows on television. Some might say too much.
But what really elevates a show from good to great is if enough planning has been put into it. If only one season has been planned out, it can only go so far in terms of character development and plot points.
Not necessarily detrimental in the first season. However, if it’s renewed, the work on subsequent story arcs may suffer. If the showrunners didn’t have future seasons in mind, the show may never reach its full potential.
You do get the wonderful visuals of jumping the shark, but it won’t be as enjoyable to watch. Jumping the shark is an idiom used to describe the moment when something that was once great has now gone too far and is in decline. The phrase is often used to describe the moment when a television show has run out of new ideas and is resorting to desperate measures to stay popular, and it became the phrase when, in Happy Days, Henry Winkler’s Fonz jumped his motorcycle over a shark.
But I digress.
Each show that has been on for a while has to balance its commercial appeal with its artistic integrity. It’s a delicate balance that often leads to a compromise of quality. This can be seen in shows that have been running for a long time, as the storylines become predictable and the characters become static. Oftentimes, the series strays from its original premise and gets lost in its own popularity.
A number of examples exist, and the final seasons of Lost, Game of Thrones, and The O.C. are among those cited (these being ones I’ve watched). Seemingly perfect, cultural-icon shows, suddenly lost their pacing in the final leg of the race. Careers have been destroyed for less.
So, even if the creativity behind tv shows has nothing to do with you, keep it in mind as your consuming you Netflix and Hulu. Streaming had changed things as well, but it does seem that we’re shifting back to the more episodic nature of television, rather than whole seasons dropping at once.